This charmingly illustrated book invites readers to peer behind the closed doors of 17 legendary and contemporary artists' homes.
Peek inside Georgia O'Keeffe's adobe courtyards.
Stroll through Henri Matisse's vibrant aviary.
Peruse Jean-Michel Basquiat's collection of over 1,000 videotapes.
This book invites you inside some of the most creative and inspiring homes of all time. For the 17 artists profiled here, a house or an apartment is not simply a place to eat and sleep; they transform everyday spaces into dynamic reflections of their individual artistic passions. You will gain a deeper appreciation of your favorite artists' work and may just discover a new favorite. Richly illustrated throughout, this petite jacketed hardcover offers a fascinating and inspiring blend of art history, interior design, and armchair travel.
• DISTINCTIVE ILLUSTRATED APPROACH: While other books have explored the spaces that housed and inspired artists, they have been exclusively photographic. With vibrant illustrations, this book immerses readers in the atmosphere of each artist's home more than photos ever could.
• DIVERSE RANGE OF ARTISTS: The 17 artists profiled represent a diverse cross section of eras, countries, races, genders, and artistic styles—not to mention a wide range of homes, from a New York City apartment to a renovated English farmhouse.
• A FRIENDLY INVITATION TO ART HISTORY: With relatable prose and vibrant illustrations, this book is perfect for anyone looking to casually learn something new.
• INTERIOR DÉCOR INSPIRATION: Readers will surely walk away with ideas for crafting their own creative spaces after reading this book.
• Artists and art appreciators
• Art history buffs
• Interior décor lovers
• Travelers and armchair travelers
• Podcast listeners and blog readers
• Creatives in all industries
About the Author
Melissa Wyse is an art writer, fiction writer, and essayist. She has held fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation, and she is the recipient of an Individual Artist Ruby Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Her work appears in publications including The Rumpus, Shenandoah, Momus, and Urbanite. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and has taught writing and worked in the arts for many years. Wyse lives with her hus¬band in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her at melissawyse.com and @melissa.wyse.
At the age of one, Kate Lewis won a painting contest at the county fair, and she hasn't looked back since (that award-winning painting hangs in her studio). Originally from Tennessee, Lewis lives in Chicago with her husband and four children. She taught and wrote curricula about masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago for many years before making the move to set up a studio practice at home while raising her children. Lewis's paintings are in private collections around the world. This is her first illustrated book. You can see more of her work at katelewisart.com and @katelewisart.
“I’ve ordered a few books about home over the past year, an effort to get lost in the lives of others and also to build out my coffee table’s coffee-table book collection. But none brought me more joy than a slim book that isn’t for the coffee table at all and had no actual photos of spaces, Artists in Residence, written by Melissa Wyse and illustrated by Kate Lewis.” —Vanity Fair